Before the 19th century, how many people were needed to make pipe organ play?

one
at least two
four
seven
Playing the organ before elec­tric­i­ty required at least one person (called calcant) to operate the bellows. There­fore, or­gan­ists rarely prac­ticed on the pipe organs, using other in­stru­ments such as the clavi­chord for practice instead.

Answers distribution

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at least two
four
seven
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flagCzech Republic
14%
78%
7%
0%
14
flagSweden
8%
75%
16%
0%
12
flagFrance
15%
70%
15%
0%
20
flagItaly
15%
70%
0%
15%
20
flagNorway
18%
68%
9%
4%
22
flagthe United States
7%
66%
19%
7%
185
flagRepublic of Ireland
8%
66%
16%
8%
36
flagthe Netherlands
23%
66%
10%
0%
30
flagCanada
12%
66%
12%
8%
24
flagLithuania
16%
66%
8%
0%
12
flagPoland
17%
63%
14%
4%
9639
flagthe United Kingdom
13%
63%
17%
5%
204
flagGermany
13%
62%
19%
4%
108
flagSpain
30%
60%
0%
0%
10
flagUkraine
0%
60%
40%
0%
10
flagUnknown
18%
53%
25%
3%
32
flagIndia
5%
41%
11%
41%
17
flagAustria
18%
36%
36%
9%
11

Gender

men65%
women60%
one
14%
15%
at least two
65%
60%
four
13%
18%
seven
5%
5%

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